(Closed) Should I be upset with my photographer?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@gardendahlia: 

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@elimel123: A lot of photographers don’t use “must shoot” lists. I’m a photographer and I always ask brides if there are any specific details she really wants pictures of and I do my best to keep them in mind but the wedding day moves so fast it is not always possible to work from the list. Plus if the photographer is busy making sure she doesn’t miss any shots from the list, she might miss some other great moments because she is worried about the list. In my personal opinion I wouldn’t worry so much about a list of must haves, instead I’d focus more on whether or not the photographer is a talented storyteller with a good eye that you can trust.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@gardendahlia: Dude….. I’d be piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssed. I am so so so so so unbelievably sorry. I mean, yay for the good photos, but damn. If you are shelling out a ton of money for this, they should take you more seriously. I am meeting with my photographer monday because HE insisted on sitting down with us in private to go through EVERY photograph, because he didn’t want to ditch something he didn’t like if we liked it. Basically fresh eyes. I’m curious who this was, and if the pro’s wife was really a photographer. Sheesh.

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In some ways though I feel like the bride and grooms “Must Haves” are part of the ‘story’ they want to have at the end of their wedding- not the photographers. I feel like the head photographer should get those must haves and then the 2nd shooter should be ready to get those ‘other special moments. You do pay a lots to have your day and your story depicted at the end of it all!  

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Colonial Country Club, Ft. Myers, FL

I am so sorry! I think you have every right to be upset! I don’t see why they wouldn’t follow your list. I mean, its your wedding and you’re paying them to take the pictures you want. And to assume that you wouldn’t have liked to see the extra 300 photos they erased is ridiculous.

When my sister got married, her photographer showed up 30 min late and as a result, we have ZERO professional pictures of anyone (including the entire bridal party and bride) coming down the aisle.

She took mainly candid shots and most were horrible to say the least. There was not one group shot taken of the family and the bridal party.

And to top it all off, she left 30 min early, but since she “fulfilled” her contractual obligation, there was nothing my sister could do!

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Feeling upset and disappointed is completely natural so I wouldn’t be questioning that at all. With that said, I’m sorry that this happened to you. It sounds really frustrating! Hopefully you got enough shots to frame and create a small wedding album, also don’t hesitate to ask guests for photos because someone might have gotten some really great shots.

Since there’s nothing you can do about your own photos at this point, do you think “paying it forward” so to speak and helping other brides out might make you feel a little better? If so, make sure you type up reviews and post them on wedding websites and blogs. I’m not saying this has to be a crazy bash fest, but it might make you feel a little better to know you got it out there for other brides.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I don’t know if there’s any recourse you can take . . . but we all feel for you! It’s a shame that you’re even a little disappointed with something so important.

In happier news, you looked lovely.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@elimel123: The point I was trying to make is if you are hiring a professional, more than likely they don’t need to work off of a must shoot list because they again, they are a professional.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think it’s completely resonable for you to be mad!! I would be so livid if this was what I got!!! @Candace From BC: Especially the shoe pic!! WTF?!

Post # 29
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@gardendahlia: we need to talk. Do you have facebook? i have your photographer and my engagement photos came out horrible! out of 50, i can only feel comfortable keeping 3 of them. There are pictures of us blurry, the close ups were of us talking, our eyes are closed, and we brought out dog with us and a few props to use for our save the dates…none of which i can use. Check out their blog for a picture of us. I asked them to send me better shots and they said they deleted all the photos to make room for other wedding sessions. Im completely on your side and i need to back out of the contract asap ($900 down the drain). 

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